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of j.r. ewing in the show "dallas." it's a role that he always called his favorite. peter fonda said goodbye to his friend on twitter, saying hagman brought so much fun to everyone's life. cnn entertainment corresponde m correspondent careen winter joins us. i understand that you are at larry hagman's star on the hollywood walk of fame. are people showing up to pay their respects? >> not yet, but you can bet that will change as the morning continues. we are right next to larry hagman's star. still quite early here, so i'm sure there are many people who are waking up just finding out about the sad news. perhaps they're still unaware. that's very popular strip in hollywood. you can bet things will pick up as the morning continues. but you mentioned some of thely in. some people absolutely stunned. for example, barbara eden, best known from "i dream of jeannie," the 1960s hit, larry hagman's co-star, she took to facebook to really detail her feelings, how she's feeling right now. she wrote "i, like many others, believed he had beat cancer, and yet we're reminded that life is never, ever
'll have to come crawling to j.r. >> j.r. ewing, one of the best known tv characteristics of the last 40 years. "dallas" was a long-running hit in the '70s and '80s. he came back as j.r. when the series was restarted earlier this year. you may also remember him as major tony nelson from "i dream of jeannie" his co-star barbara eden posted this on her facebook page. i had the pleasure of watching the texas tornado that was larry hagman. tick say we've lost not just a great actor, not a television icon but an element of pure americana. we'll have much more on his life and career later on in the hour. >> a gas leak blamed for an explosion at a strip club in springfield, massachusetts. look at the center screen. the blast leveled that club. 18 people were injured. it's a miracle no one was killed. 25 other buildings were damaged. our affiliate wggb says people felt that explosion up to four miles away. a city official says some of the damaged buildings will be demolished today. >>> law enforcement initials one community in alabama are mourning the loss of their colleague. following a shootin
, remembering very fondly. he created one of television's most iconic characters j.r. ewing on the longtime drama "dallas." a rather nasty guy that people loved to hate. before that, he played a nice guy, captain tony nelson on "i dream of jeannie." he appeared here on "today" last june, and we'll have a look back at his life and career next. >> a legend, absolutely. >>> it is the day after black friday and people were going crazy hunting for bargains, so as you do your shopping this weekend, we'll reveal some ingenious tricks retailers use to get you to spend more and more of your hard-earned cash. >>> speaking of shopping, today is small business saturday. a day for you to support the local mom and pop shops in your town. you can do it every day, of course. something very important to new york city mayor michael bloomberg, who will join us to talk about it in our next half hour. >>> then an unusual punishment for a convicted killer in oklahoma. a teenager was sentenced to spend ten years in church after pleading guilty to manslaughter. the ruling has sparked a legal dispute and we'll hear
hagman has died. he was best known for playing one of television's great bad guys, j.r. ewing, you remember him on the primetime television series of "dallas." offscreen, he was known as being larger than life and his co-stars remembering him as fun, wild, and rememberable. he died yesterday of complications from cancer. colleen takes a look at his life and legacy. >> reporter: larry hagman wore many hats in his career. but his best known his stetson he wore on "dallas." despite roles on film and stage, hagman will be remembered as the villainous j.r. ewing. >> you drove cliff to attempt suicide. >> how would i know he would do a dump thing like that in. >> when he was shot by an unknown assailant, it became one of the most famous cliffhangers in tv history, watched by 300 million people from all around the world. hagman never expected the show to endure. >> i just started the show doing six shows. i never thought i would do 300. >> in fact, the dallas fran choice was so successful, the series was recently reprised. tnt brought it back with a new generation of ewings. d hagman came
of course as the villain j.r. ewing on his star with dallas. lost his battle with cancer dallas hospital. linda gray had this to say on the star's passing. larry hagman was my best friend for 35 years. he brought joy to everyone he knew. i will miss him enor muresly. >> she was at his side. >> he he was apparently surrounded by family and friends. >> hagman was the son of mary martin. he was also known for his role as major tony nelson in i dream of jeanne, of course, he was 81 years old. >> he never became hollywood. larry hagman remained dallas. he was from fort worth and he always will stand for dallas. what a legend. love that guy. >> check in with rick reichmuth and see what our weekend first alert forecast looks like. >> looking good. you worry about thanksgiving weekend for travelers getting home and maybe another storm at the end of it we made through the entire thing scot-free. it's cold. 13 degrees in minneapolis. the tenks have dropped off from where you were on wednesday. aside from that, no big storms. cold front eastern seaboard. behind it a ton of sunshine. there will be a
major nelson on "i dream of jeannie" but in the eighties it was his portrayal of j.r. ewing on the prime-time soap "dallas." larry hagman died friday after a battle with throat cancer. >>> possible new wrinkle in the fiscal cliff talks. both sides are going to be able to iron that out before we wring in 2013. we're hoping, right? we'll talk about that, it's next. plus the lessons that can be learned from the new film "lincoln." we're going to talk to the woman who wrote the book on it. if you think you missed out on black friday prices at the home depot, think again. black friday prices are still here. instore and online, right now. where prices have been cut, chopped, and sanded... ...on the most powerful tools that cut... ...chop... ...and sand. so we, or somebody on our list, can do the same. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. get a special buy on a ryobi 2 piece lithium ion kit for just $99. ♪ you make me happy [ female announcer ] choose the same brand your mom trusted for you. children's tylenol, the #1 brand of pain and fever relief recommended by pedia
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